BIOS 330 Topics in Field Biology: Costa Rica (3 credits)
Spring Semester Course: Prereq: BIOS 101, 102; or consent of instructor.
A field-oriented course including topics such as ecology of major biomes, geographical and geological impact on organisms, aspects of plant/animal systematics. The course will focus on selected areas of interest in field biology.
The study tour to Costa Rica is part of the Spring semester course with travel taking place during Spring Break. Visit the Santa Rosa Field Station, the Palo Verde Field Station and Manuel Antonio National Park (as well as Naranjo Beach, Casona Historical site and much, much more!) Approximately $2500 for the study tour. Airfare, lodging, all meals and tours included. Study abroad grants may be available.
Carrying own luggage
Sharing lodging accommodations
Adapting to the demands of group travel (limited independence & "alone time")
Walking more than 10 mile(s)
Hiking long distances over uneven ground and unmaintained trails
Respectfully adapting to new foods and meal traditions.
Respectfully adapting to local behavioral/social practices (i.e. dress)
Navigating through a foreign city independently
Taking care of own health/medical needs
Adhering to rules and safety guidelines.
Communicating issues and concerns to coordinators
Attending programmed activities at varying hours throughout the day.
Addressing others with respect and dignity.
Other Program Expectations: Equanimity in the presence of wild animals